Another player from Arizona who is getting a steady diet of looks this spring is offensive guard Shawn Burns (6-4, 300, 5.3) from Phoenix (Ariz.) Paradise Valley. Burns was at the adidas camp held at UCLA last week and had a nice showing.
Burns plays offensive guard for Paradise Valley and he was an all-conference selection in 2003 for his junior season performance.
What gives D-I schools something to ponder about Burns is he has the versatility to play offensive center on the D-I level. He is an outstanding long snapper and he could end up helping team with that skill too.
“Shawn has incredible feet for a 300-pounder,” Paradise Valley head coach Donnie Yantis said. “He is very nimble, too. He also plays basketball and that helps him with his feet.”
Burns is a dominating run blocker and very intimidating along the offensive line. Two excellent traits to have if you’re a top offensive line prospect.
“We had two 1,000 yard rushers,” Yantis said. “Sean was the anchor on that line.”
Burns has that mean streak that you love in an offensive lineman when he’s on the field, but he’s a gentleman off of it.
At the adidas camp, Burns benched 225 pounds, 16 times. He also squats 490.
“Shawn is very lean, he doesn’t look like he weighs 300 pounds,” Yantis said. “He has a lot of upside, his dad is 6-foot-8 and he’s only 17 years old.”
Colleges that have shown interest in Burns according to Yantis are Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Arizona State, Arizona, Oregon, Notre Dame and UNLV.